eulogium vs eulogy what difference

what is difference between eulogium and eulogy



Medieval Latin eulogium, apparently from a confusion between ēlogium and eulogia.


eulogium (plural eulogiums)

  1. A eulogy.
    • 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Penguin 2004, p. 119:
      Her eulogium on Rousseau was accidentally put into my hands, and her sentiments, the sentiments of too many of her sex, may serve as the text for a few comments.



Ancient Greek εὐλογία (eulogía, praise).

eu- +‎ logia


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈjuːlədʒi/
  • (US) enPR: yo͞oʹlə-jē, IPA(key): /ˈjulədʒi/


eulogy (plural eulogies)

  1. An oration to honor a deceased person, usually at a funeral.
  2. Speaking highly of someone or something; the act of praising or commending someone or something.
    • 1859, Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White:
      It was the prettiest and most luxurious little sitting-room I had ever seen; and I admired it with the warmest enthusiasm. The solemn servant was far too highly trained to betray the slightest satisfaction. He bowed with icy deference when my terms of eulogy were all exhausted, and silently opened the door for me to go out into the passage again.
    • 2013, Daniel Taylor, Rickie Lambert’s debut goal gives England victory over Scotland (in The Guardian, 14 August 2013)[1]
      The Southampton striker, who also struck a post late on, was being serenaded by the Wembley crowd before the end and should probably brace himself for some Lambert-mania over the coming days but, amid the eulogies, it should not overlook the deficiencies that were evident in another stodgy England performance.


  • panegyric
  • elogy


  • criticism
  • dyslogy

Coordinate terms

  • dirge, elegy, threnody – funeral song
  • homily – funeral oration by clergy
  • requiem – music played at a mass to honor a deceased person

Derived terms

  • eulogise, eulogize
  • eulogist
  • eulogistic


See also

  • elegy – similar-sounding funeral word

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